Indian-American attorney Kiran Ahuja to head US Office of Personnel Management

24th June,2021

Indian-American attorney Kiran Ahuja to head US Office of Personnel Management


Kiran Ahuja, an Indian-American lawyer and civil rights activist, was elected to lead the Office of Personnel Management on Tuesday. She was elected after Vice President Kamala Harris cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate in her favour. She will be the first Indian-American to hold a high government job in the United States. The nomination of Ahuja was split 50-50 in the highly divided US Senate, with Republicans unified in their opposition. If the Senate casts equal votes on an issue, the US vice president has the authority to cast a tie-breaker vote. Harris has voted in a tie-breaking vote six times this year. She served as executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for six years under the Obama-Biden administration, overseeing efforts to improve access to government services, resources, and programmes for underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). She was also the Director of the US Office of Personnel Management's Chief of Staff from 2015 to 2017. Kiran Ahuja was the founding executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), a Chicago-based community-based non-profit organisation, from 2003 to 2008. Kiran Ahuja is the CEO of Philanthropy Northwest at the moment. Senator Dianne Feinstein praised Kiran Ahuja's nomination, saying she has more than two decades of experience in public service and charity. PTI cited her as adding, "She has a depth of knowledge and expertise that would serve her well in the job."
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